Our home welcomes you to be part of it. The place is well connected to the airport/railway/city centre and within walking distance from supermarkets, parks, gyms, outdoor markets. You can have privacy and peace or you can join in everything we do.
2 room flat on 5th floor, in North Bucharest, fairly close to city-centre, 20 minutes by public transport to city-centre/railway/airport.
It is a quiet residential neighborhood, one of the 'posher' ones in Bucharest. The nearest supermarket and the nearest outdoor market are one bus stop away (7-10 minutes' walk). There's a small kiosk just around the corner which is open 24/7, where you can get the emergency stuff like drinks and cigarettes or snacks.
In the living room (which will be your room) we have a couch which extends wonderfully into a good sized bed. Clean sheets, pillows, blankets, duvets, towels, etc. available. You can even borrow a clean T-shirt or a comfy pajama until you do your laundry, if necessary.
You will have a roomy cupboard where you can keep all your belongings during your stay, if you hate living out of your suitcase :)
We have two Sphynx cats, mother and son (Pixie and Carrot). They both spend 16 hours (minimum) per day sleeping, and generally sleep on our bed during the night, so you will barely feel their presence.
Public transportation from the flat: metro station is 10 minutes' walk away; tram and bus to city centre and railway station are just outside building. If you let us know that you need one, we will have a travel card waiting for you at home when you arrive.
The flat is fully equipped with all sorts of appliances: washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, gas cooker, various kitchen appliances, iron and ironing board, sandwich maker, etc. There is a wireless internet network to which you will have the password. However, we don't own a TV.
The style of the flat is classical. The bathroom is the only 'modern' room with bright colours, etc. The rest of the flat is decorated with antique furniture inherited from grandparents or bits and pieces bought or made to order to fit in with the old furniture.
Parking outside building: all residents park on the street in front of the building. There's always a parking spot to be found in a range of maximum 50 meters from the entrance.
There is a gym nearby (7 minutes' walk) if you want to work out.
We'd say we have a very cozy and welcoming flat. We have been active on another hospitality website/community for over 9 years now, and have hosted over 60 people during that time, for periods between 1 night and 3 months. We love to entertain guests, talk about life, the Universe and everything over a glass of wine (make it rum&coke!), and generally, to integrate guests into the atmosphere of our house, family and group of friends. If you want to be part of this, just drop us a line!
Guests have access to the whole flat (which isn't so big to start with). Even our bedroom is open at all times and guests can come in chasing the kitties or taking photos or just in search of a better mirror to admire themselves... It goes without saying that there is unlimited access to the kitchen, bathroom, pantry.
Interaction with guests depends on how busy it is in our life during your visit. We have a lot of friends and family, and they all invite us to so many events that sometimes we just feel like hiding away and pretending we are not home :) Sometimes we may be away ourselves and guests may have the whole house to themselves. However, if we are around, we will always find time for a glass of wine/beer with guests and if we do something fun, we will always invite them to come along.
The most important rule is:
*please don't bring anyone else in the flat, except the guests I know about.
Even if you meet the nicest, neediest of people, please refrain from taking him/her home with you. In special cases, please contact me first, and we'll talk about it. If I'm in the flat, only then it's ok to bring guests. I am very sociable and welcoming, but, unfortunately, I've learned the hard way not to trust every puppy-eyed person I meet.
The other 'rule' is very simple: treat my home like your home!
- Do your best not to damage the furniture, the wooden floor, etc. (I've found heavy luggage with muddy wheels on top of my dining room table, or propped against a light-coloured wall, where they left permanent dirt marks).
- If you don't know how to use an appliance, ask me, rather than try what may seem the obvious. Same goes for the windows, shower, etc. They may be less straight-forward than you think. However, I will do my best to show you how everything works on your first day.
I will leave modesty out of this business and say that my husband and I are welcoming hosts who will make you feel right at home from the first minute!
We can leave you in peace to take care of your own business and be independent in Bucharest, or we can recommend stuff to do/see, we can give you maps, go out with you and prepare a nice diner to eat together while chatting the night away. Your choice, most of the time :)
I designed my flat myself and I couldn't be happier with my choice. I feel safe and I marvel every day at the little details that came to me from the history of my family. I love my cats and I love tidiness and a clean home, so I have to invest quite a lot in professional cleaning, to keep all the cat hair out of the flat. I mostly succeed :)
Five things I can't live without? Books, books, books, books, books. You'll see what I mean when you visit :) I also enjoy good food (cooking and eating it). I have a recipe blog and I eat out quite a lot. Dragos is into football, computer games, cars (the usual, for a Romanian guy).
If you visit during the Enescu festival or even FOR the Enescu Festival, we'll probably go together to most of the concerts. I love opera, ballet and classical music.
My hosting style? It depends on my guest. I tend to be very motherly if I see a confused or unsure guest. However, I can also take a step back and let you experience Bucharest on your own if that's what you'd rather do. The rest is pretty much: mi casa e su casa and you can call me anytime you can't find the peeling knife or the kettle :)
PLEASE READ: After having rejected a lot of requests in the last couple of months from people who gave absolutely no info about themselves, I feel compelled to add the following:
Money is not the main reason I am on Airbnb (nor the second or third, for that matter), and I will only accept to host people that I feel I can connect with on some level. We have to share some interests, maybe we have traveled to the same countries and we can swap impressions, maybe you've been to a place I want to go and I would like you to tell me all about it, or maybe you are just so crazy and full of life, that I just have to meet you and try my best to befriend you in the short time of your stay.
But if you've just joined Airbnb and you have filled in no info about yourself, couldn't be bothered to upload a photo (of yourself, not of a Disney character!) and then send me a one line booking request, maybe not even using any Capital letters at the beginning of the phrase, or, worse, no punctuation at all... then expect me not to host you.
I host people in my flat, and therefore I have to base my decision to host on a certain amount of trust and mutual exchange of information. I think I've done my share by filling in my profile quite extensively for you. All I ask is that you do the same for me.